Category Archives: Good Thoughts

Keith Mann Teams Up With The Uncommon School Program To Offer $5,000 Scholarship

Recently Keith Mann, along with the assistance of his wife Keely Mann, have decided to start a scholarship aimed at helping kids from low income families afford to go to college. The scholarship consist of $5,000 to help in paying for a student’s tuition. The deadline for the scholarship is Feb. 29, 2016, and is to be accompanied by a 1,000 word essay that focuses on why the student believes the scholarship would help benefit their quest to attend college and obtain a degree.
Keith Mann is a successful entrepreneur who located in New York and is the founder and director of his company, Dynamics Search Partners or DSP for short. DSP is a company that deals specifically with the hedge fund and private equity industries. Back in 2002 when the company was first formed, Keith Mann noticed that there was a lack of research being done by firms within the hedge fund industry. Researching companies before one invests in them is essential in making wise investments. Mann noticing this void in the industry easily capitalized by creating a investment research firm that helps actual investment firms make wise investments through the use of the diligent research conducted by Mann and his team.

Through Mann’s experience in the investing field, he has since then become quite wealthy and is able to contribute to philanthropists work in which he is passionate about. One being the development of young adults into productive citizens through the use of education. It is people like Mann and his wife that allow young kids dreams to come true, in which they otherwise would have not been able to afford such a dream.

Mann has decided to partner up with the Uncommon School Program which is all throughout Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. The programs includes over 14,000 kids ranging from kindergarten all the way up to the twelfth grade. The program is in place to help young high school seniors from low income families attend college, and prepare them for the tremendous amount of work that must be completed to obtain a college degree.

A New Way to Donate

GoFundMe is a crowd sourcing site used to generate income for various projects and charities. We all know that though right? Well Avi Weisfogel has decided to use it in a way that’s well new. Avi isn’t asking for money for himself, or his company, instead he is asking for money to donate to Operation Smile.

Operation Smile is an international charity that assist in providing surgery for children born with cleft palate, cleft lip, and other facial deformities. “Operation Smile believes that every child deserves exceptional surgical care and that all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own. The organization wants to ensure that every child knows no matter what life throws at them, they will always have hope.” as stated by Avi in a recent interview. His belief is that every child deserves the very best care available.

The charitable organization founded in 1982 assist with providing on location medical care. While it was originally founded to operate in the Philippines it now operates on a global level. Operation Smile provides medical equipment, training, and personal through it’s location specific missions.

Avi Weisfogel hopes to raise $2000 to donate to the charity so he can do his part in helping children to have hope. Providing children with surgeries that they otherwise could not obtain does indeed create hope. Hope that when we are faced with adversity there is a way to over come it, that there are people in the world with a mission to support each other in overcoming the hurtles that our world throws at us. Check out Avi’s YouTube video here.

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George Mason University Benefits Greatly from Charles Koch’s Generosity

Multi-billionaire Charles Koch has over the years shown his philanthropic side and proved to care deeply about the welfare of the society. The presidential candidate has given out millions of dollars to different schools and colleges every year. One of his beneficiaries is the powerhouse George Mason University. The university has created a name for itself in the field of economics and law. George Mason University has partnered with Koch and in turn benefited greatly from his generosity. In 2011 to 2014 for example, the university received close to $48 million from the Charles Koch Foundation. As much as Koch gives more than $20million dollars every year to different universities in the US, none has ever received more than $1million in a year. From this finding, it is not only clear that Charles Koch is philanthropic and cares deeply about education but that also George Mason has benefited hugely from Koch’s generosity.

Critics may claim that Koch is doing so to advance his political ideologies by entrapping the university through the funding given to it. This is not true as the Koch’s representatives deny this to be untrue. The generosity comes without having any conditions. Charles Koch is not the only billionaire who donates to universities. In his defense, billionaires like Phil Knight who is the co-founder of Nick Inc. gave a scholarship of $400 million to Stanford University. The funds given by Koch help in filling the gap created by the dwindling public support. The support given by the likes of Koch go a long way in furtherance of education in the country. The beauty of it all is that they do not just give their financial support but their time as well. Koch offers his support without necessarily being an alma matter of the university. The grant given prohibits Mercatus from using the money given to influence legislation generally. The senator in Fairfax where the main campus of the university is situated has no problem with Koch providing financial aid to the university as it leads to the furtherance of the intellectual policy goals put in place.

Charles Koch has received quite a number of awards one of which is an Honorary Doctorate of Science from George Mason University. He received President’s Medal in 2014 from Wichita State University and the Spirit of Justice Award awarded by The Heritage Foundation just to mention but a few awards. The successful businessman and known philanthropist co-owns Koch Industries with his brother. Ranked as the sixth richest person in the whole world, he has an estimated net worth of around $34billion dollars. Charles is the chairman and CEO of the Koch industries serving with his brother David Koch who is the Executive Vice President. They inherited the business from their father and they deal with among other products, oil refining, chemicals, ranching and forest and consumer products. He is known to have classical liberal political views and was initially identified as a libertarian. He radically opposes corporate welfare. His kindness has gone a long way to helping many in the community he lives in and beyond.

Joseph Bismark: Remarkable Career


The Newsom Thing Was Going On blog that I have read off of WordPress has a lot to say about Joseph Bismark. One thing that I find remarkable is his career. He has achieved more in a few years than many people achieve in a lifetime. He has not decided to settle for less because others have told him to. He understood that true fulfillment came from following his own path. He did not let anyone tell him who he was and what he could do. As a result of his experiences, he has sought to inspire people to find their path.

Fresh out of his time as a monk, he has decided to take the principles that he has learned in the Philippines mountains and apply them to business. He held the belief that business can benefit greatly from spirituality. This was a belief that was rare. As a matter of fact, there are still very few businesses that have learned to incorporate spirituality into their practices. Many people still believe that it can’t work. However, Joseph Bismark has proven that spirituality can really bring a business to new levels of success when used wisely. As a matter of fact, the only time spirituality is seen as harmful to business is if it insults someone’s pride. However, that is not a harmful thing. It is the person’s pride that is harmful. 

In his career he has ran and started several businesses. With his spiritual practices, he has treated people with respect regardless of the level or position they are in. While he does see people as they are, he also believes that they can achieve the same level of greatness that he has achieved. He continues to work hard to provide the environment not just for people to work, but to grow in ways that are only beneficial to their lives.